DeWalt DW746 Table Saw, Enclosing the Cabinet

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Forum topic by Jakal posted 04-07-2018 03:03 PM 1999 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-07-2018 03:03 PM

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So I just got a DeWalt DW746 Table Saw from a guy on Craigslist and believe I got a steal. The previous owner took great care of it and was only selling it cause he decided to upgrade to a cabinet saw since he was moving to a bigger space.

Anyway, I’ve noticed that the saw has a dust shroud around the blade with a 2.5” outlet, similar to what you’d see on a job site or contractor style saw. I want to add a 4” port on the bottom for my dust collector and enclose the cabinet to keep dust from escaping.

Will doing this starve the motor for air? I wouldn’t think so since my dust collector will keep air moving through the enclosure and cabinet saws do this all the time. What do you guys think? Has anyone tried doing this to their own saw?

Thanks in advance for your help ????

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#1 posted 04-07-2018 03:09 PM

Your DC won’t move air through the cabinet if there’s no way for that air to get into that cabinet. Maybe an approach that would work better is first hook up the DC and see how things work. Then if you have dust leaking do a temporary seal (like duct tape) and see what happens.

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#2 posted 04-08-2018 01:22 AM

You could make a drawer under the cabinet to catch the dust. Sure not as effective as a DC set up BUT, I have used this method for years and had no issues. Depending on use I might get 2-3 weeks between dumping the drawer out.

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